Workshop on Undergraduate Education in Nursing Takes Place at CoHE

November 23, 2017 / Ankara


The Council of Higher Education organized a workshop on undergraduate education in nursing in order to increase the quality of education in nursing undergraduate programs and raise the standards of these undergraduate programs.


The workshop was held with the participation of CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç at the Conference Hall of the Council of Higher Education. In addition to CoHE Deputy President Prof. Dr. M. İ. Safa Kapıcıoğlu and CoHE Executive Board members Prof. Dr. Rahmi Er, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Şişman, Prof. Dr. Ömer Açıkgöz, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Zeliha Koçak Tufan, deans and department heads of the related higher education institutions, representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Family and Social Policy and student representatives also attended the workshop.


CoHE President Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç made a speech in the opening of the workshop which was organized to offer solutions for current issues in nursing education and create a road map for the implementation of the proposals.


He started his speech by stating that providing knowledge and skills in vocational training, training competent individuals, carrying out field-specific qualified scientific research and presenting the research to the public were among the important goals of universities.


He said that nursing departments were currently included in the faculties of health sciences, faculties of nursing and health schools, and that three models were implemented in general, which were classical education model, integrated education model and problem-based learning model (PBL).


CoHE President Saraç noted that the most common model implemented in Turkey is the classical education model. "We have a total of 79,054 students of which 71,538 are undergraduate students, 6,157 are postgraduate students and 1,359 are doctoral students in nursing programs. The number of academic staff is 1,562. There are a total of 694 faculty members of which 125 are professors, 140 are associate professors, 429 are assistant professors. The number of the staff other than faculty members is 868," he said.


CoHE President talked about the recent activities of the Council of Higher Education, noting that they were also carrying out some important studies for nursing education.


He emphasized that they determined the minimum requirements for education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, midwifery and physical therapy according to the regulation published on February 2, 2008, and added that the standards for starting education in faculties and vocational schools were determined in the "Issues and Solutions in Health Education Workshop" held in Afyonkarahisar on March 8-9, 2013.


President Saraç noted that the "National Core Curriculum Program", which was carried out in order to determine the minimum requirements for curricula in medicine and health education and update them periodically, were completed for schools of medicine, faculties of dentistry and pharmacy and nursing schools, emphasizing that they would also continue to work in other fields.


He said that it is necessary for the diplomas of students graduating from health education programs to be accredited nationally and internationally in order to ensure that they are also valid in European Union countries. He noted that they sped up the studies containing quality and accreditation process at universities.


He said that they, as the Council of Higher Education, had been working in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Finance for the planning of workforce in health and continued:


"According to the Report on Health Education and Workforce in Turkey (February, 2014), a total of 514,955 health personnel, of which 129,383 are medical doctors, 21,160 are dentists, 26,617 are pharmacists, 149,012 are nurses, 5,821 are physical therapists, 52,351 are midwives and 130,611 are other health personnel, are currently working in Turkey.


These data show the capacity of health workforce that serve in our country.


Approximately 1% of the total population of the country is composed of active health personnel and health education students.


According to the report, it is envisaged that the need for doctors and nurses will have been met by 2024 and the need for midwives and medical secretaries will have been met by 2025, taking into account the graduates and those who will graduate.


It is of great importance to review the period starting from 2024 in terms of the quotas of education and the employment of graduates. It is clear that the Ministry of Higher Education and the Council of Higher Education should make a plan in order to make and carry out a proper Health Workforce Plan."


Click here to read the full transcript of the speech made by CoHE President Prof. M. A. Yekta Saraç. (In Turkish)


Following CoHE President Saraç's speech, CoHE Deputy President Prof. Dr. M. İ. Safa Kapıcıoğlu chaired a session entitled "Evaluation of Nursing in Higher Education".


Prof. Dr. Hülya Okumuş, faculty member at Dokuz Eylül University made a presentation entitled "Current Situation in Nursing Undergraduate Education and International Good Practices". Asst. Prof. Dr. Birgül Özkan, faculty member at Yıldırım Beyazıt University, made a presentation entitled "Challenges Students Face in Education". Asst. Prof. Dr. Havva Arslan Yürümezoğlu made a presentation entitled "Problems of Academic Staff", Prof. Dr. Gülseren Kocaman, faculty member at Dokuz Eylül University, made a presentation entitled "Quality and Accreditation in Education and Profession".


After the presentations, the representatives of the relevant fields and participants exchanged views on offering solutions for the current problems and creating a roadmap for the implementation of these proposals.